Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Trifle {Free Printable Starlight Mint Mason Jar Lid}

Happy Saturday!  I know . . . I don’t usually post on Saturdays, but I had to share this Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Trifle recipe before I start my 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Event and Group Giveaway!

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Trifle Cups {Freeze small portions so that you always have a Gluten Free treat to take to holiday parties} Christmas Dessert from

Holidays can be tough when you are gluten free.  So many parties, and so many treats that you can’t eat!  I’m happy to report that you can eat this one, and you can freeze individual portions so that you can take it with you to holiday parties.

If you saw my guest post on Salt Tree, then you have already seen my Chocolate Peppermint Triffle.  I actually made two versions–one for my gluten-tolerating family members, and one for my gluten-free daughter.

Today I’m sharing my gluten-free version.  You’ll notice two main differences from the original:

  1. The cake mix is gluten-free
  2. Because the flavor and texture of gluten-free baked goods tends to deteriorate if it’s not eaten right away, I made my dessert in single-serving portions that can be frozen.

Gluten-Free Individual Peppermint Chocolate Trifle Cups {}

Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Trifle


  • 1 Recipe of your favorite gluten-free chocolate cake–baked and cooled (I used Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devils Food Chocolate Cake Mix, and it was yummy!)
  • 1 small box of chocolate pudding (+milk)–prepared according to package directions (wait for cake to cool before you prepare the pudding)
  • 1 small tub of whipped topping
  • 1/4-1/2 pkg Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips
  • 3 large peppermint Candy Canes–crushed


Cut cooled cake into small cubes.  (I prepared my cake as cupcakes.  Some I used for this dessert, and others I frosted and froze for my daughter to take to birthday parties.)  Cover the bottom of your jar with cake pieces.  Sprinkle with candy canes and Andes peppermint bits (allowing some to fall around the cake pieces and show through the jar).  Top with a scoop or two of pudding and a scoop or two of whipped topping.  Sprinkle with candy cane and Andes peppermint bits again, and repeat the layers.


GF Individual Peppermint Chocolate Trifle Cups {Freeze small portions so that you always have a GF treat to take to holiday parties}


GF Individual Peppermint Chocolate Trifle Cups {Freeze small portions so that you always have a GF treat to take to holiday parties}

You may be wondering, why did I put the dessert into jars instead of into a large bowl?  Because I only have one gluten-free eater at my house, and I had prepared another dessert for the rest of the family, I didn’t want this one to go to waste.  I think we’ve all learned that gluten-free baked goods and desserts do not keep well outside of the freezer.   I wanted this dessert to easily freeze so that my daughter would have a quick treat ready to take to church and neighborhood Christmas parties.  I made a few jars full, topped them with a lid and put them in the freezer for later.  (Now my only problem is keeping myself from eating them instead of saving them for my daughter!  They are soooo tempting!

GF Individual Peppermint Chocolate Trifle Cups {Freeze small portions so that you always have a GF treat to take to holiday parties}

These treats (or anything you want to put in a jar) can easily be used as a gift.  Simple top with my free printable Starlight Mint Mason Jar Lids, add a bow and a candy cane, and you’re all set with a quick gift!

Individual Peppermint Chocolate Trifle Cups {Free Printable for Gift Idea}

Have a great weekend.  I hope to see you back on Monday for Day 1 of:

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  1. You already know how yummy I think this looks! :) If you get a moment amidst your busy, I love for you to hop over and link-up some of your yummy Christmas-y desserts and your cool Christmas crafts to our 12 Days of Christmas {Goodies} link-up. I know people would adore them. :) If you can’t, that’s fine, but I thought I’d ask anyway.

    Best of luck to you with your own 12 Days of Christmas fun. :) Take care and have an amazing rest of your weekend, Heidi!

  2. What trifle Heidi. I wish we got the confectionary and baking products you get over there on this side of the pond. Makes me jealous. This looks absolutely fantastic!

    If you don’t mind, I’d love if you would stop by and share these and any other dessert creations on Sugar & Slice Sunday weekly link party.

  3. I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint!!

    This trifle looks amazing – and I love serving it in a decorated mason jar!

    Have a great week!

  4. YUM YUM YUM! We did Gluten Free for a bit last year with my son. This looks good. Even though we aren’t practicing Gluten Free anymore, I’m going to give this a try. We actually have a box of that cake mix in the pantry. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow! This looks delightful! Great to know it’s gluten free too! I have a couple loved ones that have to eat GF so it’s certainly nice to have some new recipes to make when they come over. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. This looks simply delish. I’ve got a friend with a gluten allergy so I’ve got to give this recipe a go! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.


  7. Super cute! And yummy! My daughter’s friend is a gluten free kiddo so I am excited that this can be made gluten free!!! Thank you for the recipes!


    Visiting from Make It Pretty Monday!

  8. Those are precious! I love how cute they are in the jars! My husband is trying to go gluten free so he will love this!

    Thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday!


  9. Love these simple desserts! Mason jars are one of my favorites too. Love this!

  10. Mmmm….I want some right now! I know Soph would go crazy for this…thanks for linking it up at our Sunday Show and Tell Linky Party! Can’t wait to see what you share next week!

  11. Great gifts!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. Ooh! I just love this served in jars!

  13. I am a major trifle fan so can’t wait to try this new exciting version of one of my favorite desserts. Popping over from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop. Come and say hi when you get a moment

  14. This recipe is awesome. Pinned! Stop by. I posted to made in a day:)

  15. I’m pretty sure I’m drooling right now! This looks scrumptious! Would love if you’d join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  16. Yum that looks amazing, I am a huge fan of trifle but I’ve never had it with choclate

  17. Yum, that looks great! And I like that you put it in a jar. :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  18. Heidi, I’m SO glad you brought these to our Wicked Good Wednesdays Party!! They look SO incredibly yummy and I love the presentation! Such a cute idea for guests! Hope to see what you’ve been up to again next week!

  19. Mmm! This looks super yummy!!!
    Congrats! You are the most clicked on link from last week’s Super Link Party! I’ll be featuring you at my next party (on Wednesday). :-)

  20. Love gluten free desserts! I’ll definitely be trying this for Christmas!

  21. YUM, super festive and super tasty! Love it! Got it tweeted and pinned!

  22. Heidi I love that these can be frozen. And in a jar? So adorable! Thank you for bringing them to our Wicked Wednesdays link party. Can’t wait to see what you bring this week!

  23. This looks so delish!!
    Thanks for sharing at the Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Adorned From Above,
    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

  24. Vera - Cupcakes Garden says

    Thanks you shared this great Christmas treat at my link party!

  25. These are so cute and they look so yummy!

  26. I am featuring you tomorrow! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing!

  27. This is simply FABULOUS!!! thanks for sharing at Junkin Joe — we are starting early this week — hope to see you there! : ) hugs

  28. Thanks for sharing your project in last week’s Crafty Showcase. We love how you inspire others on the internet! Stop back over and share more of your talent in the new Bowdabra Crafty Showcase starting Friday night midnight!
    Susie @Bowdabra

  29. This looks delicious, and I love how you served it in a mason jar!

    Thanks for linking up with the Winter Wonders & Holiday Happenings!

    Darby @

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